Caring for Children in Appalachia
Mended Reeds is a private non-profit 501(c)(3)
childcare agency dedicated to serving the needs of children that
have been abused, neglected, or are otherwise dependent.
Mended Reeds is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and
Family Services to provide residential shelter, foster care,
adoption, and treatment services.
Mended Reeds is also certified to provide on-site public
Mended Reeds was formed in 1999 as a
faith-based ministry and has grown since that time to further meet
the needs of rural children.
The founders, David and Rebecca
Lambert, resigned from their professional careers,
researched the childcare industry in southern Ohio, and developed the
agency. David, formerly
an electrical engineer and Vice-President of an energy company, is
now the executive director.
Rebecca is now a licensed social worker (MSW).
The organization was formed in 1999 and
licensed to provide foster care in 2001.
The initial years of development was dedicated to learning
more about the childcare industry, considering best practices, and
raising the necessary funds to start operations.
The first office was a borrowed area on the second floor of
the Lambert, McWhorter & Bowling law firm.
In 2002, Mended Reeds renovated and opened the former
Shadybrook Restaurant as a new Boys Shelter Home.
The first resident was placed in September.
Funding for Mended Reeds comes from two
sources, public agency reimbursements and community/church support.
Public custodial agencies reimburse Mended Reeds for approved
costs associated with direct care.
These fees pay for Mended Reeds’ operating costs.
Contributions from the community and grants are used to acquire and
renovate facilities for youth.
Contributions are used solely for construction and renovation
costs, there are no administrative fees taken out of contributions.
All facilities are dedicated to providing homes and services
to troubled youth.
Mended Reeds is community-based and locally
contributions to the agency range from $30,000 to $50,000 per year
in the form of cash contributions, donated supplies & materials, and
donated labor. The
Ironton shelter home was purchased and renovated over a 12-month
period without the need of commercial bank financing.
A portion of the development cost was secured through a grant
from the Huntington-Ironton Empowerment Zone ($69,500), the balance
of the cost was provided through local fund-raising, and support
from area churches.
Present operations include the Ironton shelter
home for 12 boys, a specialized school, treatment foster homes, and
adoptive homes. Mended
Reeds has eighteen (18) foster homes, providing shelter for as many
as thirty six (36) foster children.
Of the children presently in care, twelve (12) have been
adopted, or are in the process of adoption.
Children served by Mended Reeds are from rural southeastern
counties and West Virginia.
While Mended Reeds is a faith-based
organization, Mended Reeds is not sponsored by any particular church
or religious association.
Employment and services to youth are offered in a manner that
does not discriminate regarding, religion, race, color, sex, age,
disability, or ethnicity.
Youth are encouraged, but in no way coerced or required, to
participate in religious activities.
PO Box 108